It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Chapter 11, Page 8, Book 18

Joys of Today

Cherish the memories of yesterday,
Savor the joys of today,
Nurture the promise of tomorrow.


Today I’m thankful for memories

DDH and DS#1

Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

My youngest son recently asked me to write down my memories.  To say that was no easy task, is an understatement.  I briefly typed out my time line as best I could.  From birth to the present includes a lot of years.  He was particularly interested in what I could remember of our family growing up.

The years my children were growing up were some of the most wonderful days of my life, yet to put it all in words was difficult. 

We don’t remember the days, we remember the moments.

Cesare Pavese

There are moments that stand out clear as a bell, others that slip away before I can completely grasp them.  But one thing I know for sure.  To have good memories, you have to first make them.  And thankfully we did make a lot of good ones and I think we still making more.

I don’t believe in living in the past.  Today is what matters, but our memories are part of what makes us who we are.  Our memory is the brain’s filing system.  It contains everything we’ve learned.  Memory reminds of the good times spent with our dear and near ones. To remember the past also helps us plan for the future.

Life moves fast and memories are fleeting.  It’s important to write down our memories.  The older I get the faster time goes, so I’m glad my son asked to write down my memories.

On my thankful list for today:

6502. for cappuccino, at warm treat on cold days
6503. for menus and grocery lists
6504. for my coffee maker which also dispenses hot water

Give thanks and remember.

My sisters and Me

Memory . . .  is the diary that we all carry about with us.

Oscar Wilde


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Cherish the moments, they make up the minutes, hours, and days of our lives.

jack69 said...

Boy oh boy did you bring up something. I thought to write a small book of memories after I realized what I FORGOT of as my departed parents. The book sits not 3 feet from me, unfinished, it is already 450-500 pages. As you said, NOT AN EASY TASK once you start the doing.
Now, to the entry. Enjoyed it, especially the older pictures. It is impossible for one like me to KNOW what the feeling is to lose a LOVED mate.
I am as guilty as sin. When I see an auto from the past I try to ID it. The one in the picture of your husband and son has me stumped. It must be a station wagon, but, but I can't KNOW. LOL Oh yes memories build our lives...
Sherry & jack

betty said...

That was great your son asked you and that you put things down on paper. I know my mom and my sister went through old photographs and my mom said who were in the pictures and a little about them, as well as her growing up days, etc. So valuable to pass on!


Mevely317 said...

What a compliment from your son!
How I wish I'd thought to ask my mother or dad to chronicle their memories. As a lark, back in the 80's I enrolled in a Personal Life History Writing class that literally changed my life. Were it not for our instructor's gentle prompts and encouragement, I might never have begun. Of course, it's not near complete, but something I can visit every now and then when a random memory strikes.

PS - Love this pix of your DDH and #1 son. That strawberry/bruise on his ankle looks painful!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

In my opinion, recording some of your memories for your children is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give them. Another is to indicate who the people are in your old photos. I have family photos from as far back as the 1800s, and my wonderful grandmother identified the people in them. But the photos my parents left me? No ID, and I have no idea who some of them are.

Rick Watson said...

The columns I write for the newspaper that involves memories of childhood are the ones that tend to resonate with readers.


written down memories are the best kind. "Memory . . . is the diary that we all carry about with us."